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"A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. By this all men will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another."
John 13:34-35 NIV
Jesus command to love one another is one of the most challenging commands in all of our Scripture. The ability to love our self is programmed within our being, but the ability to love others, almost always takes second place. The question that arises here is "how" does Jesus expect us to love one another. The answer to that question seems to have unending possibilities, but let me suggest 10 ways that we can work on each day as we live out our lives for Jesus in this world.
1. Listen without interrupting.
He who answers before listening — that is his folly and his shame. Prov 18:13 NIV
2. Speak without accusing.
Post this at all the intersections, dear friends: Lead with your ears, follow up with your tongue, and let anger straggle along in the rear. James 1:19 MSG
3. Give without sparing.
Some people are always greedy for more, but the godly love to give! Prov 21:26 NLT
4. Pray without ceasing.
For this reason, since the day we heard about you, we have not stopped praying for you and asking God to fill you with the knowledge of his will through all spiritual wisdom and understanding. Col 1:9 NIV
5. Answer without arguing.
A meal of bread and water in contented peace is better than a banquet spiced with quarrels. Prov 17:1 MSG
6. Share without pretending.
Instead, as we lovingly speak the truth, we will grow up completely in our relationship to Christ, who is the head. Eph 4:15 GWT
7. Enjoy without complaint.
In everything you do, stay away from complaining and arguing. Phil 2:14 TLB
8. Trust without wavering.
If you love someone, you will be loyal to him no matter what the cost. You will always believe in him, always expect the best of him, and always stand your ground in defending him. 1 Cor 13:7 TLB
9. Forgive without punishing.
Put up with each other. Forgive the things you are holding against one another. Forgive, just as the Lord forgave you. Col 3:13 NIrV
10. Promise without forgetting.
Hope deferred makes the heart sick, but a longing fulfilled is a tree of life. Prov 13:12 NIV
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